The Learning Process
San Diego Figure Skating Communications
a non-profit educational organization
Transfer of Knowledge and
Academic Tutoring Programs
If your child is doing the assigned homework and you observe that he/she doesn't know how to explain the process of arriving at the answers, it is a good indication that there is a problem and a learning assessment is required.
Note: Most schools have specific criteria that triggers a professional assessment to occur at the districts expense. It is also possible to engage the services of a professional, but the expense
can be a deterrent. If a local college or university is nearby, make inquiries to see if they can
provide testing for free as part of classroom training.
A Learning Needs Assessment helps parents, teachers, and students identify the status of the student's knowledge, skills and competencies. It also helps to establish where they should be so a set of learning goals can be established. The learning assessment can identify what will help to ensure that if there is a gap, what course content, schedules, etc. will help to fill the learning gaps.
A needs assessment requires providing answers to the following questions:
It can be tricky to suggest to a child that they can benefit from tutoring because of the stigma that occurs when peers make embarrassing comments causing the individual to become self conscious. It is very important to take the time to provide sufficient information so they understanding the reason for tutoring. Hopefully this allow the student to become comfortable with the idea. Success requires that the student buys into the process. A negative attitude will cause the effort to be counter productive.
Tutoring can occur at home in one to one sessions or at a business location using a classroom with small groups of fellow students. Finding a good tutor can prove to be difficult and frustrating experience; however, it is helpful to start a search by contacting the school counselor. They can steer you in the right directions, thus speeding up the search and resulting in multiple, viable options.
Aside from finding someone with the proper qualifications, the tutor must be someone whose personality will mesh well with the child. Start with a few trial lessons and don 't be pressured into signing a contract!
Professional Diagnosis and Solutions
Remember that physical problems, such as needing glasses and/or a hearing aid, may be at the root cause of the problem. Sometimes there may be serious information processing problems that require testing by a professional to recommend a plan to solve or mitigate the root problem.
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combined with information from public institutions and athletic organizations/
associations that have a web presence with information concerning team and
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